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Speaking this morning the Prime Minister said “there’s a gap that needs to be bridged” in negotiations.
With just two weeks now until the end of the transition period, time is quickly running out to strike a trade deal between the UK and EU.
Last night Mr Johnson phoned European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to take stock of where negotiations were at and to reiterate the bloc’s stance on the issue of fishing was “simply not reasonable”.
Speaking on a visit to businesses in the north west of England, he said: “I hope that our EU friends will see sense and come to the table with something themselves”.
He added: “the UK’s position is always that we want to keep talking if there’s any chance of a deal.
“But we’ve also got to recognise that the UK’s got to be able to control its own laws, it’s what people voted for, and we’ve also got to be able to control our waters and fishing rights.
“Our door is open, we’ll keep talking but I have to say things are looking difficult. There’s a gap that needs to be bridged.”
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